Unbelievably friendly and warm staff who gladly gave expert travel advice and recommendations that only a Roman would normally be privy to. - Loic Diels
I LOVE this website and will gladly recommend it to anyone headed this way. Nothing disappointed us! - Mary-Iris Taylor
I have been using Cross-Pollinate for about 10 years now. The service is consistently great and I can always find just the kind of apartment we like, at the right price. - Hirani Himona
A really great idea - with a network of hand picked little rooms/guesthouses. If only we could have this in more city destinations! - Zoe Buck
I love Cross-Pollinate and every time we go to a new city I look to see whether they have some accommodations over there. - Arantza Aldea
The two places I have stayed at from Cross-Pollinate have been among the best across Europe. Highly recommended. - Nicholas Burn
Thanks a lot to Cross-Pollinate for the opportunity to experience a city as an insider! We really enjoyed our stay in Rome and Venice and look forward to more. - Tatiana Marchenko
Cross-Pollinate was very helpful when the owner of the B&B wanted to charge us for the baby under 2 y o. It would have been difficult without them since the owners did not speak any english. - Yulia Pichugina
This was our only stay with a C-P apartment and we were very pleased with the entire process. Will look to use them again on our next Europe trip! - Anthony Giglio
Great web site and quick response from the team a CP made the whole experience easy and hassle free. I have already recommended CP to quite of few of my airline industry colleagues and I'm sure they will make use of their excellent service. - Shane Pickles
Cross-Pollinate was extremely helpful! They found us a place to stay in our price range when many other places of business couldn't help us. - Sarah Seminutin
Cross-Pollinate was very easy to use, and it is so much better to stay in places like these than big corporate hotels; you get a much better feel for the place. - Kaspar Deane
Very straight forward. Well done. Definitely would use it again. Love these type of alternatives to hotels! - John White
Cross-Pollinate was fantastic and easy to use. We used Cross-Pollinate to book a room in Florence (the second leg of our trip), which was everything I thought it would be. We have recommended Cross-Pollinate to our friends. - Barbara Carlin
Cross-Pollinate are great - the descriptions are accurate and they are very responsive to questions. - Dominique Bayne
Cross Pollinate was just the best. I had tried a couple of places before coming upon them. As soon as I sent the first email I stopped looking for any more websites. I just wish they expanded to every city in Europe. Their knowledge, helpfulness, etc. was second to none. - Caroline Collis
Appartamento Marco Polo
The Marco Polo apartment, owned by the same Lila as Lila's Apartment (also on our site), is clearly a labor of love. It's very much a home - all the little details and comforts have been well thought-out and you really feel the warmth the second you walk in. The entire apartment was recently redone with a new kitchen and new bathroom, and double glazed windows that keep it extremely quiet inside. There's a washing machine, a flat-screen TV and a kitchen with eating area. The bedroom has 1 double bed and the sofa in the living room can fold out to accommodate 2 more people.

The apartment also attaches to a second, smaller apartment that consists of a bedroom and 2nd bathroom, so groups of 4 to 6, who want a two-bedroom can rent it as a "suite" -- to do so, follow the link to "Appartamento Marco Polo - 2-bedroom".

The neighborhood, Testaccio, is one that many tourists aren't familiar with, but is worth checking out, both for tourists wanting to dig a bit deeper into the 'real Rome' or for those who come for a few days and need the convenience of being right across the street from the Ostiense train station with a link to the airport. (It also has a direct train to Ostia beach!) Around here you find great, inexpensive restaurants frequented by Romans, a subway line that connects to the Colosseum and on to Termini station, as well as many buses that can take you right into the center or across the river into Trastevere in about 10-15 minutes. There are also many discotecas nearby for people wanting a taste of Rome's nightlife, and it's near the Mercato dell'Altra Economia - a large area once home to Rome's slaughterhouse that was converted to an organic restaurant, fair trade shop and overall organic shopping land. For more info on the neighborhood, check out our blog post: http://www.cross-pollinate.com/blog/index.php/2011/06/10/overlooked-neighborhoods-of-rome-part-2-testaccio/
  • linen and towels provided
  • air-conditioning
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • LCD TV (flat screen)
  • mini-safe
  • washing machine
  • eat-in kitchen
  • use of cell phone
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • condominial heating (set on timer)
  • raised 1st floor
  • with elevator
Christopher on May 2013:

Lila and Michele are very friendly and helpful. The apartment is in good condition and well located near Ostiense station. The two bedrooms are comfortable and well furnished and the wifi works properly.
Bathroom is very small but this is typical in Rome.
I am very happy and will be a repeat customer.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double & 1 double sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, city tourist tax €3.50 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Appartamento Marco Polo
Foro Romano
Vatican City
Trevi Fountain
Circus Maximus
Piazza del Popolo
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Stazione Termini
Campo dei Fiori
Piazza di Spagna
Piazza Navona